Phew …. it’s been a busy few days what with one thing and another! I’ve been working hard on a couple of commissioned designs as well as the March magazine, so haven’t been around much online recently. But here I am now with a new updated Humphrey pattern.
Humphrey was one of my original free patterns – based on a vintage design from my own childhood. I’ve updated that old pattern and included some a few tips on how to stop fabrics fraying when hand stitching your softies. If a softie’s quite plain I sometimes feel felt can be a bit (whisper it) boring so it’s nice to use a patterned fabric, though you do have to deal with the fraying issue. I thought Humphrey needed this patterned treatment which in his case has acted a bit like a face-lift! He now looks a lot younger than his age recreated in a lovely vibrant pink check …..
If you’d like to make your own Humphrey, please just CLICK HERE to download your updated free pattern.
I’ve had to keep Humphrey – and his friend, the famous super-model(!) Sidney well out of Daisy’s reach while taking their pictures. I think she is becoming rather jealous that they take all my attention while I’m sewing them …….
Wonder what she’s thinking!
She enjoyed her walk today though – the first time for ages that we’ve enjoyed a bright sunny morning – perfect for a longer excursion. But the bridlepath was blocked by a fallen tree – a casualty of the recent gales.
We approached the problem in various – but very typical – ways. I stood back – assessed the situation, measured by eye and decided I could clamber over the tree through a gap in the branches. Ben used his enormous strength to force a hole then shoulder his way through the lower branches, whilst Daisy – oh dear – couldn’t wait to follow her brother through the hole he’d made but twirled round and round in mad excitement, then made a flying leap, became stuck in the tangle of ivy festooning the trunk and had to be rescued. Silly puppy! Then home for a little stitching on another project for the March magazine….
A vintage illustration from “The Rosie Posie Book” by Anne Anderson. I’m really enjoying stitching this – it makes me think of summer days to come and I hope subscribers will love it too.
Phew … the February issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine has been now sent out to everyone (if you are a subscriber and haven’t seen your copy in your in-box please be sure to contact me soonest so I can make sure you receive it safely).
The description for the February issue in my store says that it ”celebrates the earliest signs of spring, with projects for Valentine’s Day and some Easter bunnies too”. Which is completely true. However …. even as I was typing this, I was thinking to myself, ”Why should bunnies be limited to Easter? What about some Valentine’s bunnies too?” And so I have adapted the bunny template from this month’s magazine to create a giveaway for you….
A chance to win two adorable little patchwork bunnies applied to a vintage cotton panel surrounded by a sweet spring blossom garland printed ready for you to stitch, with space below the bunnies for you to stitch names or any text you choose. The finished garland is about 6 1/2″ in diameter. And … as well as the panel itself, I’m delighted to be able to include two cute thread bobbins generously donated by the lovely Sandy from her wonderfully named Etsy shop “Giggle Snort Society!” Please do pop over and take a look at her selection of designs – they’re pretty and practical too!
To enter my Valentine bunny giveaway please leave a comment below and – just for fun – please tell me your favourite sign of spring! The giveaway will close at 12 midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 5th February and I’m so looking forward to reading your comments!
Wow! Amazingly we’re into 2014 already here at Bustle & Sew!! The January issue is all finished and uploaded ready to be sent out to subscribers later this week – lots of new patterns for Christmas holiday stitching. Just click on the image below to preview of the contents …..
Sadly, the price of my e-magazine must rise in the New Year. From January the cost will be $6.50 per issue for new subscribers. But if you subscribe before the end of the month your rate will be frozen at $5.50 per issue – for as long as your subscription continues. So if you’re thinking about subscribing then please don’t leave it until January or you’ll miss out … just CLICK HERE to learn more.
Having a bit of a busy weekend with Rosie – we’re pressing ahead with wedding preparations and this weekend visited two florists in Totnes, Emma Vowles and Blue Geranium (the image below is a Blue Geranium bridal bouquet – isn’t it beautiful!)
But before Rosie decides, we will return for a proper planned appointment with each florist, before which we need to work out our exact requirements, bouquet, buttonholes, table arrangements ……. so much to think about! But nice though. Rosie has an app on her phone now that’s counting down to the big day – to the nearest second – so we know exactly how much time we have. Table runners and napkins after Christmas – lots of sewing for me!
Meanwhile, I’ve been doing a little less sewing this week as I’ve been working hard on my Furry Mr Fox tutorial and I’m delighted to be able to say that my video tutorial is finished – well, actually my two video tutes as I’ve broken it into two 10 minute sessions.
If you’re not a subscriber, then the pattern and tutorial for Mr Fox will be available to purchase after the December Magazine is published on Thursday. For Bustle & Sew Magazine readers, the links to the video tutorials will be included in your December issue.
But as well as looking forward – I am planning lots more videos & extra stuff for magazine subscribers next year – sometimes it’s fun to look back too. I received an email last week asking about my Marching Elephants pattern. This design, based on an old childhood colouring book page, was one of my earliest, so I dug it out, dusted it off, updated and improved the pattern instructions …..
And if you’d like to make your own Marching Elephants (I think they look a bit Christmassy – maybe I’ll make a Christmas version too?) then please just CLICK HERE to download the free pdf file.